The desert is a dry and boiling environment it is significant that many animals have adapted to such hostile elements. Adaptation is a vital act that includes getting used to new surroundings or habitat. Adapting can take very long to get used to, but one animal which is the fennec fox has a great tactic that helps it survive in the harsh desert. So let's have a journey through the Sahara desert and find out many different facts about the desert and the daring fennec fox.
Deserts are sweltering habitats where water is very rare to find and because of that not much life thrives in the desert. But not only that it is extremely hard to adapt and only a few animals that can survive in such a harsh terrain. The desert takes up 20% of the earth's space! The average temperature in the desert is 100 degrees fahrenheit .
One of the animals that have adapted to living in the desert is the Fennec Fox. The fennec fox is an omnivore and it’s diet is based on plants, fruit, roots, eggs, insects, rodents and small reptiles. They have huge feet so they can keep balance on the sand and not sink into the sand. The fennec fox loses body heat through the ears, helping them keep cool in the hot, desert climate. Its thick, soft, long fur insulates the fox from the desert night time cold and protects it from the hot air during the day. While normally the fennec fox is a solitary animal they form small groups to 5-10.
The fennec fox has successfully adapted to the harsh desert habitats by collecting moisture from the food they eat at night. Their large ears, which are usually 6 inches long (15 centimeters), help dissipate excess body heat on hot days in the desert, and to fan themselves or youngsters. A fascinating fact is about the fennec fox’s feet being able to be used as shovels to dig underground to make dens.
Furthermore, the daring fennec fox has successfully adapted to the harsh habitats of the Sahara desert. Adaption is when something or someone gets used to a change in their surroundings. The fennec fox is an interesting creature and is very smart. Overall the fennec fox has proven to us that that they have astonishing tactics that help them survive in the barren Sahara desert.